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Twitter has acquired social broadcasting app Breaker, the companies announced via a combination of blog posts and tweets. The deal will see Breaker’s team joining Twitter to help “improve the health of the public conversation” on the service, as well as work on Twitter’s new audio-based networking project, Twitter Spaces.
The Verge reports users of Amazon Music’s website this week began seeing a price tag for listening to free podcasts. It even showed a mark-up indicating what had cost nothing was now available for $8.95.
It appears that anti-tracking tools are blocking all podcasts hosted on Megaphone. The recently Spotify-acquired company might face some backlash for its MTM (Megaphone Targeted Marketing) service. Jack Rhysider from Dark Net Diaries breaks down why this will be problematic for podcasts hosted on the platform.
Just a week after announcing it had hired investment banker J.P. Morgan as a financial adviser, LiveXLive says it has expanded the scope to include a wider list of potential outcomes – including a sale, a merger, a strategic acquisition, or a divestiture of some of its business units.
Google Podcasts has had a long road to walk in order to compete with more fully featured podcast apps, but it's been steadily improving lately, even gaining support for adding custom RSS feeds. Now Google is bringing the web version more in line with the mobile apps by revamping the subscriptions page to show a list of your latest episodes.
Hopin, a leading virtual events platform, announced that it has acquired StreamYard, a live video streaming studio that allows content creators to produce professional-quality video streaming experiences.
The purchase will allow Hopin to provide advanced video production features to Hopin event organizers. In addition to eventually integrating its features into the Hopin platform, StreamYard will continue to also offer its live streaming studio tools to independent content creators.
The Salem Media Group, a media holding company comprising radio, book publishing, and digital media, has announced the start of a new podcast network. The focus will be conservative content across its definitional “Christian and conservative media landscape.”